Gold Rush in the Digital Age: Immersing UBC Students in Primary Sources in an Online Environment

Title Gold Rush in the Digital Age: Immersing UBC Students in Primary Sources in an Online Environment
Faculty/College/Unit UBC Library
Status Active
Duration 3 Years
Initiation 04/01/2014
Project Summary

UBC students benefit from the Library’s digitized collections but they are currently delivered in a passive environment- students can view digital collections and cite them as primary sources in papers, but there is not currently a method for delivering a more immersive experience, such as is practiced in the Digital Humanities. Using a collection of letters from the B.C. Gold Rush era, this project proposes to expose UBC History students studying B.C. history to such an immersive experience by providing an online mechanism for the students to participate in the transcription, description and analysis of the letters. The project will utilize existing technology such as UBC Wiki and Blogs for these digital humanities exercises, but opens the doors for the Library to re-purpose the data and transcriptions the students produce, hence benefiting future course work across departments. The letters must first be digitized and uploaded to UBC Library’s digital collections.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2014/2015
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Larissa Ringham
Year 1: Funded Amount 13,400
Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 2: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Larissa Ringham
Year 2: Funded Amount 20,900
Year 2: Team Members

Dr. Laura Ishiguro, Department of History, Faculty of Arts
Paul Joseph, Digital Initiatives, UBC Library
Krisztina Laszlo, Rare Books and Special Collections, UBC Library